News from Plano & Plano ISD
Plano ISD to receive $43M in federal COVID19 relief funding, more coming
FUNDING PLAN With the initial allocation of
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$43,233,143, Plano ISD is seeking to apply the one-time funding in these areas: • Return-to-school activities and services to meet the needs of students • Programs and activities to support college and career readiness, and career and technical education • Activities to address learning gaps for students and summer learning programs • Training and professional development for district sta • Technology resources to enhance online learning for all students • Wraparound assistance for parents and families to eectively support students • School facility repairs and improvements
FRANKFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL
FUTURE PARK SITE
BY WILLIAM C. WADSACK
after the state gets federal approval. According to the data, PISD is set to receive an initial allocation of about $28.82 million, and another $14.41 million later. “These additional funds will be a tremendous help in facilitating a comprehensive, long-term approach to support students and sta aected by the pandemic,” Plano ISD Chief Operating Ocer Theresa Williams said in a statement. “Leveraging these additional dollars will provide resources to maximize our eorts in supporting learning needs for stu- dents, as well as focusing on the social and emotional well-being of students, teachers and sta.” Texas public schools were allotted $1.3 billion in the rst round of ESSER funding. Those funds ensured school applicant assured them those issues are addressed in the overall plan. The second permit involves a transit center or station on 1.6 acres of land located west of J Avenue at 12th Street, also zoned light commercial as well as light industrial-1. It is for an elevated light-rail station connecting the Red Line to the Silver Line. There will be no parking at that site. Both specic-use permits are in accord with the Plano Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan, ocials said. Earlier in the meeting, council members voted to table DART’s request for eminent domain author- ity in advance of negotiations for property needed for the Silver Line. Some council members said they were concerned that giving DART such authority before talks began would
City approves permits for newDART stations PLANO ISD The district is slated to receive more than $43 million in grant funding from the U.S. Depart- ment of Education to help address unexpected costs incurred during the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Greg Abbott announced the release of $11.2 billion for Texas public schools from the third round of fed- eral funding from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund in an April 28 press release. Due to federal requirements, just two-thirds of the funding is available immediately, Abbott said, through grants administered by the Texas Education Agency. The remaining one-third of the funding is expected to be released later this spring, according to the TEA,
Plano City Council will meet May 24 and June 14 at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at 1520 K Ave., Plano, and can be streamed at www.plano.gov/210/ plano-tv. Agendas are available at the city website. www.plano.gov Plano ISD board of trustees will meet May 18 at 6 p.m. in the PISD Administration Building’s board room at 2700 W. 15th St., Plano. 469-752-8100. www.pisd.edu MEETINGSWE COVER board meeting. The board’s vote is one of several approvals required before the college is authorized to oer the program. The new degree could be implemented as soon as fall 2022, according to college documents. entity’s creation was the result of a development agreement and subsequent funding agreement between the city of Plano and developer Centurion American, according to a city sta memo. The initial board will comprise Mark Israelson, Peter Braster, Jack Carr, Denise Tacke and Jason Gregorash. The memo stated Centurion American funded the creation of the corporation, and there is no nancial impact to the city. COLLINCOLLEGE Trustees approved a new bachelor’s of applied science degree program with a major in construction management during an April 27 PLANO ISD The district is partnering with the city of Dallas for a public park that will be adjacent to the Frankford Middle School campus. The PISD board of trustees unanimously approved an interlocal cooperation agreement during its May 4 meeting that will see Dallas spend no more than $1.2 million over the next two years to construct a neighborhood park on an unused and unimproved portion of PISD land on the west side of the Frankford Middle School campus. PISD will not contribute any funds toward the park but will be able to reserve it for the district’s exclusive use. PLANO City Council approved the creation of a local government corporation April 26 that will own and operate the east and west parking garages of the Collin Creek redevelopment project. The
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districts received state funding based on their projected enrollment despite attendance declines.
BY KRISTINE HUGHES
PLANO City Council voted April 26 to issue two specic-use permits for Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s expansion with stations along 12th Street. The rst permit involves 5.5 acres at the southeast corner of K Avenue and 12th Place, which is presently zoned light commercial. The future 12th Street Station will be part of DART’s 26-mile Silver Line connecting Plano to Irving and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Council’s only expressed concern was a desire to mitigate both trash and visual impact at the station and in the surrounding neighborhood. The
August will be here.” The rst semester will be from Aug. 11-Dec. 17, and the second semester will be from Jan. 5, 2022- May 27, 2022 with spring break from March 7-14. The virtual option would be a stand-alone school with its own cur- ricula and sta for those with health concerns or in need of exibility. weaken homeowners’ negotiating positions. DART’s representative said that the property purchasing process is handled this way due to state law and that it does not prevent the agency from negotiating in good faith.
Plano ISDplans full return to classrooms in fall
BY KRISTINE HUGHES
that their instructional plan for next year is being built around the idea that everybody is coming back. Chief Oper- ating Ocer Theresa Williams called it an “updated brick-and-mortar” plan with a possible virtual option. “In four months, we will have our kids back,” she said. “We’ll blink, and
PLANO ISD The school district expects to resume pre-COVID-19 activities this summer and fully return to the classroom in 2021-22. In the rst of several planned reports to the Plano school board, sta told trustees in a work session April 20
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